Tommy  Delaney

Tom Delaney started teaching in public schools in 1969,
married with a year old child, because he needed the job. Twenty-eight
years later, he travels 160 miles a day to educate incarcerated
juveniles because the job needs him.

He promises students that no matter from what distance their noble
dreams beckon, they can get there from his classroom; he uses successful
businessmen who also grew up in rough neighborhoods to share how they
“got there from here.”  Delaney encourages students to submit
entries to REACHING OUT, a literary magazine published by his
English/Journalism class and circulated to schools from Mexico to
Canada; he also encourages them to participate in public speaking and in
plays that depict psychological and environmental barriers they are
hurdling to reach lofty goals. Once a year they take their productions
on the road to schools in tough neighborhoods in an attempt to reach
others who may be thinking about getting involved with crime and
violence.

Education

1969

Bachelor of Science, Tuskegee University

1970

T-4 Certificate, West Georgia College

1979

Master of Education (T-5), Columbus College

1992-96

Ph.D. coursework, Southwest Georgia State University

Teaching Experience

1983-96

Georgia Department of Children and Youth Services, 8-I2 English/Speech

1982-83

Meriwether County Schools, High School L/D English

1976-82

Georgia Department of Corrections, Adult Reading/English

1969-76

Troop County Schools, H5 English

Special Recognition

1997

Bell South Telephone-Atlanta Braves Excellence in Education Award

1996

Induction into the National Teachers Hall of Fame

1996

Recognized via Resolution By Georgia Legislature for Lifetime Achievements

1995

Milken Family Foundation National Educator’s Award

1995

Atlanta Journal and Constitution’s Honor Teacher Award

1994

Disney American Teacher Award

1989

Learning Magazine’s Professional Best Award

1992

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Outstanding Teacher